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(2.0) INTRODUCTION

The Solaris x86 FAQ: Frequently-asked Questions about Solaris x86.

This posting contains frequently-asked questions, with answers, about the Sun Solaris 2 Operating System on the Intel Platform (x86) found in the alt.solaris.x86 and comp.unix.solaris USENET newsgroups. The alt.solaris.x86 newsgroup covers Solaris on the Intel platform, for version 2.5 and higher. The most up-to-date copy of this FAQ is at http://sun.drydog.com/faq/

The comp.unix.solaris newsgroup is for Solaris on all platforms-- Sparc or Intel. Please also consult Casper Dik's excellent FAQ on Solaris 2, which mostly applies to Solaris x86 too. It's at: http://www.wins.uva.nl/pub/solaris/solaris2/ and elsewhere. Solaris 11 is also known as Solaris Nevada or OpenSolaris, with a 5.11 revision string. Solaris 7, 8, 9, and 10 are also known as SunOS 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, and 5.10. Solaris 2.x is also known as SunOS 5.x.

For earlier versions of Solaris/x86, please see the (somewhat dated) "Solaris 2.4 x86 FAQ" by Bob Palowoda archived at various dusty corners on the net. The (mostly historical) Sun 386i (Roadrunner) is covered in Ralph Neill's (hard to find) FAQ.

If you post questions to alt.solaris.x86 or comp.unix.solaris, please be sure to indicate:

I'm doing this on my own time as a public service. The views expressed on this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

I don't have the time to diagnose individual Solaris problems, and I probably don't know the answer either :-). Many experienced and knowledgeable people read the newsgroup. Post your question there. However, answers, corrections, and comments should be directed to me.

No FAQ is the work of one person, but is a USENET community effort. This material was "snarfed" from other FAQs, USENET newsgroup postings, mailing lists, and personal knowledge. Generally the source is noted at the end of each question. Most answers have been reworded, or expanded, or updated. Thanks to everyone who contributed directly or indirectly. Please send any corrections or additions to me.

This faq may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is preserved. Permission is expressly granted for this document to be made available for file transfer from installations offering unrestricted anonymous file transfer on the Internet.

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-Dan Anderson http://dan.drydog.com/comment.html
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